Half Day Soweto
The half day Soweto tour
Starts by passing by the National Football Stadium, taking us into the suburb of Diepkloof passing by the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg and the Orlando Towers. Making our way to Orlando West to visit the site of the June 16, 1976 uprising and home to 2 noble peace prizes winners who once lived in the same street.
Soweto is a township of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality located in Gauteng, South Africa, bordering the city’s mining area in the south portion. Previously a different municipality, it is presently fused in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. It turned into an autonomous municipality with chosen Black councillors in the 1983, in accordance with the Black Local Authorities Act.
Soccer City Stadium also known as the Calabash or FNB stadium, hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010.
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is the 3rd largest Hospital in the world and being the largest in Africa.
Making our way to Orlando West you will pass by the original site of a coal fired power station, Orlando Towers has become one of the most distinctive landmarks in the neighbourhood of Soweto. The power station was shut down in 1998 and was transformed into an entertainment and business centre in 2008.
Arriving in Orlando West we visit Vilakazi Street- drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Visiting Hector Pieterson Memorial, you will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. On that tragic day an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa.
By now you will have seen the good, the bad and the ugly facets of Soweto. After visiting the memorial that concludes our half day Soweto tour and we make our way back to your Hotel passing by some of shanty towns exiting Soweto.
(A visit into the Nelson Mandela House is optional.)